The Greek system hasn’t existed at Bowdoin in any form since 2000. Greek Row was replaced by College social houses—upperclass students apply to live in one of eight social houses, and each house is affiliated with a first-year dorm to assist the proctors in transitioning first-years to the social life on campus. The houses used to be fraternity houses before Bowdoin believed the Greek system hindered Admissions from attracting the best student body possible. Unlike the Greek system, the social house system is controlled by the Residential Life Office, which plays a role in who lives in each house. However, each house is given a budget to plan its own programming for its residents, their affiliated first-years, and the community.
Less than 20 percent of the student body participates in this housing option. About 30 students live in each house in singles, doubles, or triples. Each house offers laundry facilities, common areas, and social areas, and some include elevators and prime parking spaces. Social house parties tend to attract first-years and sophomores, but parties like Halloween at MacMillan, Graffiti at Baxter, and the ’80s Party at Ladd do attract some upperclassmen. If you're looking for free beer, social house parties will have it. These parties are most often described as "hot, sweaty, and gross," but they are still attended.